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HRPA's History

2010

Key 2010 HRPA accomplishments included tabling a new, updated public act for the Association at Queen’s Park; overhauling HRPA’s board and Chapter governance processes; creating a Career Ladder guide (and the professional development to support it) to help members progress in their career paths; and reconstituting the Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI)—a body that funds awards, scholarships and empirical research which have clear application to HR practice. The Association rolled out the Water Cooler—an online social media tool connecting members from across the province; and it introduced a new online Resource Centre, a searchable portal linking members to HRPA’s entire HR knowledgebase, plus access to relevant external links including the Ministry of Labour website, Canadian HR Reporter and legal opinion databases from several large employment law firms. Membership grew to 19,094.

2009

To help engage HRPA’s senior membership, in 2009 the Association introduced the Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRP) designation—an experiential designation recognizing high-impact HR leadership. It continued bolstering its regulatory role by creating an online Office of the Registrar, with a searchable register of members. It upgraded the CHRP designation by reintroducing an experience requirement. And HRPA made big gains as a trusted advisor to government, working with the Ontario government on implementing workplace requirements for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act; consulting on Bill 168—workplace violence legislation; and working closely with government on HRPA’s own study “Accelerating the Integration of Internationally Educated Human Resources Professionals.” Membership grew to 18,260.

2008

In an effort to create a brand that’s relevant to audiences everywhere, HRPAO changes its name to the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). The Office of the Registrar is expanded as part of HRPA's regulatory framework. The Rules of Professional Conduct are introduced, setting guidelines for the professional practice of HR. The inaugural HR Summit Awards—the first awards program celebrating HR excellence—is held in Toronto. HRPA extends its executive programming with its Executive Roundtables series. HRPA partners with York University's Schulich School of Business on a Masters Certificate in Business Leadership for Human Resources Professionals. Membership surpasses 17,400.

2007

As part of its commitment to sustainability, HRPAO produces its first zero-waste annual conference. HRThoughtleader.com is launched as an HR resource portal. HRPAO introduces PD in a Box, a professional development program to assist chapters to deliver consistent, high-quality learning events. CHRP Evening Academic Program enrollment surpasses 800 and more than 2,000 members register for NKE/NPPA exams. In terms of government relations and advocacy, HRPAO obtains member exemptions from amendments to Bill 14, Access to Justice Act; it intervened at the Supreme Court of Canada on the issue of doctor’s notes in attendance management programs in Keays vs Honda Canada Inc.; and consulted with the Ontario government on the issue of mandatory retirement. Membership tops 16,400.

2006

HRPAO launches The Executive Forum, an invitation-only program for C-level managers to discuss emerging HR issues. HRPAO and SHRM (the U.S. HR association) partner on their first-ever joint conference. The association authors a landmark white paper on Emergency Preparedness. HRPAO holds its inaugural Volunteer Leadership Conference to honour the contributions of its hundreds of  volunteers. Membership reaches 14,437, including 6,242 CHRPs.

2005

HRPAO delivers 125 professional development events and attendance at its annual conference reaches 3,000 for the first time. Several joint initiatives are launched, including the HR and Compensation Committee (HRCC) module from the Directors College, a partnership between The Conference Board of Canada and McMaster’s DeGroote Business School; The Ultimate HR Manual, in co-operation with CCH; and Human Rights @ Work, in partnership with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Membership reaches 13,752.

2004

HRPAO provides new tools to assist members with HR career development. The association adopts a new logo, brand and tag line: “shaping organizational excellence.” The Board of Directors develops new strategic directions to make HRPAO the premier human resources association in Canada, sought out for knowledge, innovation and leadership.

2003

HRPAO presents a strong vision of a growing dynamic professional association. Membership increases by more than nine per cent and new programs are introduced to meet changing needs of HR professionals. In collaboration with the other HR associations across Canada at the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations, the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) becomes a national designation.

2002

HRPAO strengthens the Certified Human Resources Professional designation (CHRP) with the introduction of national portability, periodic recertification and a degree requirement to come into effect in 2011.

2001

Membership grows 10 per cent to over 11,000. HRPAO launches several online member services including a new website, online membership directory, online event registration, online member profile, and online news and information services. A major focus on student member recruitment is launched.

2000

HRPAO reaches its goal of 10,000 members. The Association makes significant inroads in its advocacy work at the provincial and federal government level, and with partners in education and business, in promoting the role of HR in Canadian business. HRPAO becomes the second professional association in Ontario to achieve ISO 9002 certification. The Board of Directors initiates a strategic planning process to move the organization forward in new directions over the next ten years.

1999

Membership grows by 15 per cent to a total of 9,376. More than 1300 attend HRPAO's 1999 annual conference. CHRP members increase.

1998

Hire Authority’s first year boasts more than 1800 job postings and 550 candidate searches. The association provides new member benefits such as the affinity credit card program. The number of members achieving their CHRP continues to grow.

1997

The Human Resources Professionals Association of York Region joins HRPAO. The association launches the Hire Authority—an HR job board—and the new HRPAO Resource Centre offers members personalized information/research services.

1996

The Human Resources Professionals Association of Halton joins HRPAO.

1995

HRPAO partners with the Human Resources Research Institute to promote and disseminate HR research.

1990

PAT changes its name to the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario, and under an act of the Ontario Legislature, the Human Resource Professional of Ontario Act, 1990, it is recognized as the body to grant and regulate the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. Five more member associations and the Toronto Region join: Personnel Association of Hamilton; Human Resources Professionals of Kent; Owen Sound Personnel Association; Sudbury Personnel Association; and Timmins & District Personnel Association. The association begins to phase-in its professional designation—the Human Resources Professional (HRP).

1988

Membership is 4,341 members with 23 member associations in addition to the Toronto Region. Approximately half are in the Toronto Region, with the rest distributed among the Member Associations across the province.

1984

There were 21 Chapters: Barrie and District Personnel Association; Central Erie Management Association; Chatham and District Personnel Association; Durham Region Personnel Association; Grand Valley Personnel Association; Guelph Personnel Association; Kingston and District Personnel Association; Lakeshore Personnel Association; London and District Personnel Association; Niagara District Personnel Association; North Bay and Area Personnel Association; Ottawa Personnel Association; Oxford Personnel Association; Peel Personnel Association; Quinte Personnel Association; Sarnia and District Personnel Association; Sault Ste. Marie and District Personnel Association; St. Lawrence Valley Personnel Association; Personnel Association of Toronto; Weston and, Human Resources Professionals Association of Windsor.

1979

The Personnel Association of Toronto (PAT) incorporates with the Personnel Association of Ontario—a founding group of 15 Member Associations. PAT develops its own internal accreditation, the Certificate in Personnel Management.

1977

Led by the London Personnel Association, a steering committeee was formed to draft guidelines and possible modus operandi for a formal association for Ontario.

1974

The PAT Centre is established at 2 Bloor Street West. This centre immediately proves useful as a place to hold seminars.

1970

PAT's first woman president, Mrs. D.M. Hinchey is elected.

1960

PAT celebrates its 25th anniversary with 514 members. The By-laws stated: "The objects of this Association shall be to further sound personnel practices and to encourage constructive employer- employee relations." By-laws, Article II.

1957

Pete Peterson becomes PAT's first full-time manager, and PAT's first permanent headquarters is located at 134 Bloor Street West.

1956

The first member bulletin, The PAT Reporter is established. The association broadens its activities, including conducting its first seminar.

1950

PAT hires its first salaried employee.

1944

The second annual personnel conference, sponsored by PAT, is held at the Royal York Hotel. PAT (Personnel Association of Toronto) membership reaches 167 individuals from 104 different companies.

1943

PAT holds its first personnel conference, co-sponsored with the University of Toronto.

1936

PAT (Personnel Association of Toronto) begins its formal existence with Clare Seeley as president. This small group includes the leading personnel practitioners in Toronto. It is a management organization with a strong orientation towards the private sector. Membership is individual rather than corporate.

1935

The earliest records show weekly informal lunchtime gathering of human resources practitioners in Toronto.